The parlour provides a fresh new shop front to the ever changing face of Acorn Road, and after visiting, I hope this particular shop front stays for a long time to come. First things first, Ice Cream must be a passion of the owners as it is made fresh on the premises meaning the poor proprietors have to start the process at 5am! They also ensure milk from Jersey cows is transported each day from the dairy at Walworth Darlington which guarantees freshness.
The parlour offers a whole host of hot drinks, delicious sundaes and other ice cream related goodness including Ice Cream cakes! In general the prices are average compared to other coffee establishments in the area.
The premises currently occupied by the Ice Cream parlour has had several transformations over the years from Italian cafes to clothes shops and I think Archer’s have done pretty well to squeeze in five good sized tables with seating for approximately 16 people.
The flavours available at the time of my visit were: Coffee, Liquorice, Rasberry Pavlova, Mango Yoghurt, Simple Jersey, Black Cherry, Hokey Pokey, Mint Choc Chip, Strawberry, Tiramisu, Kids Chaos, Chocolate, Banana, Toffee Fudge, Peanut and Passion Fruit. The good man working there did inform me that the flavours change regularly which is a great selling point and provides much needed variety. Samples of the flavours are provided on request enabling you to ‘try before you buy’ ensuring that the flavour you purchase is your favourite.
Mr Gourmand opted for the Tiramisu Ice Cream (£2.00), I managed to steal a little taste and it was heavenly, rich, and creamy with delicious coffee undertones.
As my unfortunate stomach condition prevents me from eating too much cream I opted for a coffee (£2.20) which was rich and delicious and was accompanied by a mini cone with plain Jersey Ice Cream, this was the perfect amount of Ice cream for me! The holder on the side of the cup was perfect and like nothing I’ve ever seen before. The Ice Cream itself was nothing less than amazing and creamy without being too sickly. Without a doubt the best Ice Cream I’ve tasted and that’s saying something as I’ve tasted a lot!
I personally think the owners have made a very good choice in picking Jesmond to open their parlour as the area is heavily populated by students, families, and visitors meaning that the public will be able to pop by for an Ice Cream fix at all times!
Both myself, Mr and Mini Gourmand will be making regular visits to Archers and we’re even considering some sort of Ice Cream goodness for Mini Gourmand’s 11th Birthday next week!
In my opinion opening until 8pm every night will provide greater evening variety for the public especially families like mine while also being a welcome change for students who would usually visit the pubs and bars.
Archer’s Ice Cream Parlour is open from 11am – 8pm Monday to Friday, 10am – 8pm Saturday and 12pm – 8pm Sunday